Waltham Forest Council's parking enforcement contractor NSL has suspended the driver

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The moment a spy car drives down a NO ENTRY road in Chingford The moment a spy car drives down a NO ENTRY road in Chingford

A Waltham Forest spy car driver has been suspended after a campaign group filmed him ignoring a no entry sign.

The video, recorded by No To Mob, has been uploaded to YouTube and sent to the council's parking enforcement contractros NSL, prompting an internal investigation. 

Founded in July 2010, the 1,100 strong member group aims to challenge what it calls "revenue driven enforcement" by exposing flaws in council CCTV spy car and static camera operations. 

Captured by Steve Brown and Steve Baker, the video shows the council spy car drive through two no entry signs in Hampton Road, Chingford, on April 16.

Shortly after the illegal manoeuvre was captured on film, the footage was sent to NSL, which fines hundreds of drivers a year for similar offences.

A spokeswoman for NSL said: "The driver has been suspended pending an investigation.

"All incidents are thoroughly investigated by our Professional Standards Unit. Every NSL driver undergoes driver training and regular assessment.

"All of NSL’s vehicles are also fitted with Telematics, which continuously tracks our drivers’ motoring behaviour, such as harsh braking and acceleration."

The company, which deploys over 1,400 vehicles across the country, refused to comment further until Monday, when the disciplinary outcome is expected.

Mr Baker, a legal consultant from Enfield, said he hopes the video will expose the "hypocrisy" of parking enforcement officers.

He said: "We were following the car and had no idea he was going to drive through two big no entry signs.

"It could have been tragic if a child walked out into the road without looking in that direction or could have caused a head-on collision. 

"The hypocrisy is huge and it's ridiculous that the people who are enforcing the law are regularly breaking it.

"Our intention is not to get NSL drivers sacked but to create an awareness and acceptance that law-abiding motorists make mistakes and there should be some leniency, not automatic punishment."

A second NSL driver is also facing an internal investigation after a 43 year-old woman required surgery after being run over on the pavement of Kings Head Hill, Chingford, on Tuesday.  

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5:36pm Thu 8 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Just brilliant well done.
Just brilliant well done. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 15

11:45am Fri 9 May 14

Jenny highams park says...

Well done! Thank you
Well done! Thank you Jenny highams park
  • Score: 8

12:44pm Fri 9 May 14

mdj says...

The firm will presumably pay the fine? This was done by an employee acting in the hours of employment.
If they refuse, can we impound the vehicle?
If there really is one rule for all of us, we should be snapping those many occasions when these cars park on double yellow lines, often not in relation to enforcement.
The firm will presumably pay the fine? This was done by an employee acting in the hours of employment. If they refuse, can we impound the vehicle? If there really is one rule for all of us, we should be snapping those many occasions when these cars park on double yellow lines, often not in relation to enforcement. mdj
  • Score: 7

3:41pm Fri 9 May 14

fabster says...

Who is watching those who are watching us? Well done 'No To Mob'. We need people like you guys.

If anyone wants to know more about them, here is their forum
www.notomob.co.uk
Who is watching those who are watching us? Well done 'No To Mob'. We need people like you guys. If anyone wants to know more about them, here is their forum www.notomob.co.uk fabster
  • Score: 4

7:37pm Tue 13 May 14

skealey says...

What's with the well dones? Seriously, I get that this guy is a hypocrite, but why does that justify stopping enforcement of traffic offences?

If you don't like being fined for driving illegally, don't drive illegally.

This quote takes the biscuit: "It could have been tragic if a child walked out into the road without looking in that direction or could have caused a head-on collision"

Let me try and understand this. So by stopping mobile enforcement you will allow similar actions to go unpunished, which will somehow be a good thing?
What's with the well dones? Seriously, I get that this guy is a hypocrite, but why does that justify stopping enforcement of traffic offences? If you don't like being fined for driving illegally, don't drive illegally. This quote takes the biscuit: "It could have been tragic if a child walked out into the road without looking in that direction or could have caused a head-on collision" Let me try and understand this. So by stopping mobile enforcement you will allow similar actions to go unpunished, which will somehow be a good thing? skealey
  • Score: 0

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